In 2008, a curriculum for the International Joint Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development was designed and approved by six partner universities, with the University of Graz (Austria) as co-ordinating university, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy), Leipzig University (Germany), and Utrecht University (The Netherlands) are degree-awarding consortium members, and Basel University (Switzerland) and Hiroshima University (Japan) are associated mobility partners.
In this master’s programme sustainability issues are approached from an international as well as inter- and transdisciplinary perspective. The focus is set on applying the competences to the question of sustainable development and the needs and possibilities of societal transformation. It combines the strengths and specializations in teaching and top research of six partner universities, thereby offering the students a programme recognized in the countries of the consortium partners and the possibility of going on to PhD-studies as well as increasing the employability in the private, public and semi-public sector.
Admission to this Master's Programme is granted to persons who have completed at least the equivalent of a Bachelor’s or Diploma degree, and can demonstrate their research skills, their basic knowledge of the natural and/or social sciences, and a general insight in the subject of sustainable development and intervention strategies. The Master’s Programme comprises 120 ECTS credits corresponding to a period of study of at least four semesters or two years. 60 ECTS credits have to be earned at the home university. Students are required to complete at least 30 ECTS credits at one of the partner universities. Besides the academic coordination, SIS offers courses for the first semester in basics in Sustainable Development, for the third integration semester, and one specialization track (second semester) in Sustainable Business Management. Master theses are generally supervised by two teachers of two different partner universities.
Comprehensive information on the International Joint Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development can be found at www.jointdegree.eu/sd.